I went with Matt to his talk about Gilly’s book at the Mystic Journey
bookstore in Venice. I am still a little jealous about all the
attention Gilly has been getting from this book, but I decided to be
as supportive as I could. I lay in the front close to Matt and
listened while he talked about becoming blind and the help that Gilly
“It was a time in my life where I wasn’t able to talk to anyone. I had
this silly idea that it was weak to talk about how much it hurt and
how disappointed I was. But Gilly was just the support I could accept.
He didn’t try to cheer me up. He just lay there and listened quietly.
He gave me his presence, the softness of his being, and the gentleness
of his spirit.”
Matt was right. Gilly was a master at doing nothing. I learned a lot
from him. That’s why I just lay there at Matt’s feet during his talk
at the bookstore. I didn’t have to say a word. I gave the gift of my
being and that was enough. Looking damned handsome was a plus, too!
Matt went on to discuss how blindness has helped him focus more on his
inner experience and has guided him to grow spiritually. The humility
to ask for help, the willingness to trust, and the compassion for the
challenges of others are a few ways he mentioned.
He played some songs that he wrote as an expression of this spiritual
focus. You can hear them below.